Bryon Baker, Yellowjackets close on high note

BILLINGS —The Montana State Billings baseball team didn’t qualify for the GNAC tournament.

The Yellowjackets closed the season with a 16-30 overall record. MSUB finished 13-19 in conference play.

Thanks in part to Butte pitcher Bryon Baker, though, the Yellowjackets ended the season on a high note.

Baker pitched a complete game, giving up two unearned runs Saturday as the Yellowjackets beat Northwest Nazarene 3-2 at Dehler Park.

Baker, a freshman, struck out six batters and walked three. He evened his record at 2-2 on the season.

The former Butte Miner finished the season with a 4.24 earned run average. He appeared in 14 games, starting four. He registered one save while pitching 40 and a third innings.

Baker struck out 30 batters and walked 19. Opponents batted .244 off of him, which ranked No. 1 on the team. He had a 3.82 ERA in conference games.

This summer, Baker will play for the Kitsap BlueJackets in Bremerton, Wash. The BlueJackets are part of the West Coast League.

Baker’s teammate Brody Miller, whose parents Bill and Kriss are Butte natives, finished No. 2 in the GNAC with a .390 batting average. Miller is a candidate to be selected in next month’s Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

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